Some EF7 Beta3 to Beta4 API Syntax Changes

I am updating some demos I created earlier in the year and using the Beta4 version of EF7 that is the latest stable beta and available on Nuget as opposed to the super-bleeding edge APIs you can get via the nightly builds source.

There were some API changes to features I was using and I had to do a bit of exploring to sort them out so wanted to share in case you are doing the same.

Keep in mind that there are a LOT of things that have evolved between these two versions. I’m just focusing on the things I had to change so that my little demos continued to work properly. Smile

AttachGraph

DbContext.ChangeTracker.AttachGraph is now DbContext.ChangeTracker.TrackGraph.

Here’s an example of it in use with a graph of all new objects and the root of the graph is newSamurai.

context.ChangeTracker.TrackGraph(newSamurai,

e => e.State=EntityState.Added);

DbContextOptions

DbContextOptions is now DbContextOptionsBuilder.

You’ve most likely seen this used as a parameter in the OnConfiguring override for DbContext.

Here is the original signature:

protected override void OnConfiguring(DbContextOptions options) {}

Here is the new signature:

protected override void OnConfiguring(DbContextOptionsBuilder optionsBuilder) { }

DbContext/DbSet.Add Overload for Ranges

EF6 has DbSet.AddRange. Originally EF7 switched the functionality to be an overload of Add which was cool but not backwards compatible so we’re back to DbContext.AddRange and DbSet.AddRange.

DbContext.Entry.SetState( )

The DbContext ChangeTracker API since EF4.1 let us set state with

DbContext.Entry.State= EntityState (where EntityState is an enum)

EF7 started out with a nicer API for this which was

DbContext.Entry.SetState(EntityState)

But for the sake of backwards compatibility, it’s now back to

DbContext.Entry.State=EntityState

 

That’s what I’ve encountered so far. Hope it helps

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